Writing is a creative process and every writer works in their own unique way. Today, I take you through my process of creating poetry that resulted in the poem I had published earlier this year.
There are so many different kinds of poetry, it can all get a bit confusing. Let’s tak a look at rhyme schemes and form.
My guess is that everyone is familiar with rhyming poems and therefore fairly confident that they understand the concept of ‘rhyme’. But there is much more to rhyme than just two lines ending in rhyming words. So what is rhyme in poetry all about?
I am not a poetic genius – far from it, and to be honest, thinking about the mechanics of poetry can be enough to put me off writing poetry in the first place. Today I take a look at metre: what it is and how it works.
I write poetry because I like it. I still have poems that were written when I was a child.
I think of ideas, pieces of inspiration as rhizomes. A rhizome is a plant that has an underground system of shoots and roots and tubers – like ginger, bamboo or mint. Each tuber collecting a new and separate idea, but linked somehow to all other ideas.
Today is World Poetry Day and I’ve been reflecting on poetry in my life in varying shapes and forms.
Apparently Lord Byron is in my family tree somewhere – my dad told me about it ages ago, but I don’t remember quite how he fits in. I like to think that gives me some special kind of writerly super-power, but in all honesty, even though I love reading poetry, my attempts at writing it (no matter how much I enjoy the act) are rudimentary at best: